Dear Friends …

We the Secretariat hope this finds you well as you prepare for the coming holiday season. May you keep Christ foremost in thoughts.

In This Newsletter …

  • Upcoming Events
  • Congratulations, Chris Lavond: Rector of Spring 2020 Men’s Weekend
  • Social Media Posting Guidelines

Upcoming Events

November Ultreya

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:45PM to 9:00PM

Saint Julie Billiart
Sullivan Center
366 Saint Julie Drive
San Jose, CA 95119
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If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event.

The entire Cursillo Community is invited and encouraged to attend the November Ultreya.

The Ultreya will be sponsored by the Fall 2019 Women’s “Bless the Lord” Weekend Team led by Rectora Laura Castellano.
Our main speaker is Father Matt Stanley, Pastor of St Francis of Assisi, who will talk about Friendship.

Come and join together as we welcome our new Cursillistas, celebrate with the team, pray, sing, and support each other on our spiritual journey.

We are told “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Come join us as we celebrate and support each other as we journey together as “Grace-filled Christians”

Spring 2020 Rectora Discernment

Monday, November 25, 2019
6:45PM to 9:00PM

Santa Teresa Catholic Church
794 Calero Avenue
San Jose, CA 95123
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If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event.

Join your fellow Cursillistas for an evening to gather and pray for qualified candidates discerning to serve as the Spring 2020 Rectora.

The evening with begin with an opening ceremony – song and prayer – before the candidates meet with a facilitator in a private room. During the discernment, the community continues to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance through scripture, song, prayer, and meditation. We will end the evening with offering our prayer and ‘De Colores’.
We will have it at Santa Teresa Parish in the Chapel that is adjacent to the Conference Room and Sacristy.
If you know someone who is a qualified candidate and is interested in discerning, please reach out to Rita Russo.

Advent Retreat: The Doors of Faith

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:30PM to 9:00PM

Saint Christopher Parish
Hospitality @ Walsh Hall  |  
Retreat @ Main Church
2278 Booksin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
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If you can, please RSVP via Facebook Event.

The entire Cursillo Community is invited and encouraged to attend our Advent Retreat: The Doors of Faith.

Advent is the time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s a time of reflection and hope.  Bring your favorite holiday snack to share and come join us as we reflect, sing, and pray at the beginning of this joyous season of Advent.

Father Chris Bennett, Pastor of Saint Christopher, will be leading the retreat.

Congratulations, Chris Lavond: Rector of Spring 2020 Men’s Weekend

Chris Lavond said “yes” to the Holy Spirit on October 30 and will serve as the Rector for the Spring 2020 Men’s Weekend, April 16-19, 2020.

Please keep Chris, and his emerging team, in prayer and as he prepares for team formation.

If you would like to serve, please submit your request through our Online Application to Serve a Cursillo Weekend.

Social Media Posting Guidelines

We have documented and formalized the San Jose English Speaking Social Media Posting and Newsletter Guidelines.  You may find them here on Google Docs.

Brothers and Sisters,

The Secretariat has received feedback from members in our community who have expressed concerns about videos and photographs posted within our newsletter, social media, and website.

Please note that the intention of the shared videos and photographs from many valuable members in our community is to share God’s glory of our movement, to share God’s unconditional love, and to share our community’s celebrations.

Unfortunately, we’ve received feedback around personal consent and expectations of privacy and confidentiality. After consulting some members of Secretariat including those involved with communications to the community, we agreed on an approach.

Moving forward, all videos and photos depicting any individual (deceased or otherwise) will not be posted onto our newsletter, social media, and website without the explicit approval from the direct individual(s). This includes all videos and photographs of events, prayer requests, memorials, and funerals.

Moreover, the Secretariat will soon be publishing its criteria for Facebook, newsletters, and social media. We thank you for your understanding.

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ…

Our core mission is to bring people closer to Christ “Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ” – and then invite that person to make a Cursillo so the process repeats. Our Cursillo weekend reminds of God’s unconditional love and acceptance for each person. The weekend instructs to us influence our environment and journey together as Christians, each pursuing our ideal and striving to be the personification of Christ.

We are not a social group with Jesus added for good measure. We are here to love each other as sisters and brothers in Christ as we witness God’s love to ourselves, family and community. Email, the website/Database, and social media will be used to advance and support our Movement, supplementing the Grace of God, the Holy Spirit, and prayer.

Please consider your responses as you type your replies to the Facebook policy.

I invite and expect rational and respectful discussion. The diversity of our Cursillistas makes our movement strong. We aren’t going to agree on everything.

We do, however, and will continue doing our prayerful best that every Cursillista is loved, supported, respected, and accepted as they journey to Christ.

We will prayerfully continue to respect and balance several factors: the tradition of confidentiality of “what happens on the mountain stays on the mountain” (including what is shared in often raw emotional moments at a potluck), that our movement is under the auspices of the Diocese of San Jose, and that for some there can be an expectation of confidentially and privacy.

For some too, the expectation of confidentially and privacy as well maintaining the confidentially of our traditions extends to team formation, Ultreya, School of Leaders, and Discernment.

You may send me a message if you want to discuss the policy further. I will be happy to discuss it at the November Ultreya.

In Closing …

Please keep Chris Lavond in prayer as he forms the Spring 2020 Men’s team. Please also pray for our women candidates who will discern on November 25 for Rectora of our Sprint 2020 Women’s team.

Keeping each of you in daily prayer,

Larry Cargnoni
Lay Director